An active clinician for more than 25 years. Dr. Holmes has had extensive experience in the fields of learning disabilities, ADHD, post-secondary education.
Her research has focused on examining the effective of accommodations and supports designed to help adults with learning disabilities and associated disorders succeed within the post-secondary environment.
Throughout her career, Dr. Holmes has also worked in remote regions of Northern Ontario including Sandy Lake, Nikina and Manitouwage.
Industry Expertise (3)
Mental Health Care
Areas of Expertise (7)
Post-Secondary Learning Disabilities
Northern Bursary Award (professional)
Awarded on a competitive basis
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education Scholarship (personal)
Awarded on a competitive basis
Lakehead University: Ph. D., Clinical Psychology 2001
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/University of Toronto: M.A., School Psychology 1994
Brock University: Honours B. A., Psychology 1987
- Canadian Psychological Association
- Ontario Psychological Association
- College of Psychologists of Ontario
- Ontario College Administrative Staff Association
Media Appearances (2)
Cambrian Research Reveals Student Mental Health Challenges Across Ontario
Cambrian College online
From depression to psychotic disorders, mental health issues among young people are a reality, and postsecondary education is feeling the impact.
Online tool coming to help students with mental health issues
CBC News online
Young people entering college or university with mental health issues will soon be able to use an online tool created by a researcher at Cambrian College. While mental health support currently exists for young people, there's currently nothing in place for students entering post-secondary school, who are often dealing with the burden of being away from family for the first time while away for school. According to Cambrian College's Alana Holmes, the transition can be especially troublesome for those who need help but don't know where to turn. "A lot of mental health disorders or problems can be triggered or exasperated by stress," the researcher told CBC News. Holmes said it's important to know how to deal with stressful situations, such as an anxiety attack, or who to seek guidance from when your family members may be hundreds of kilometres away. "They're facing everything the other students are, which are the notion of how difficult is it going to be," she said. "How big is the campus? Will I make friends? Will I get along with my professors? Will I be able to stay on top of the course load?" Holmes said the free tool that aims to help students familiarize themselves on how to get help while at college or university will be available beginning next March.
Rates of Mental Illness and Associated Academic Impacts in Ontario’s College StudentsCanadian Journal of School Psychology
Holmes, A., & Silvestri, R. (2015). Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/0829573515601396
Implications for educational classification and psychological diagnoses when using the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale-Fourth Edition with Canadian as opposed to American normsJournal of Psychoeducational Assessment
Harrison, A. G., Holmes, A., Silvestri, R., & Armstrong, I. T. (2015) Advance online publication. DOI:10.1177/0734282915573723
Getting back to the main point: A reply to Miller et al.Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment
Harrison, A. G., Holmes, A., Silvestri, R., & Armstrong, I. T. (2015) Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/0734282915590064
Mild Intellectual Disability at the post-secondary level: Results of a survey of Disability Service OfficesExceptionality Education International
Harrison, A. G., & Holmes, A. (2013) Vol. 23, No. 1, pp. 22–39
Assistive technology use by students with Learning Disabilities in postsecondary education: A case of application before investigation?Canadian Journal of School Psychology
Holmes, A., & Silvestri, R. (2012) 27(1), 12-34. (manuscript in preparation)